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Emerald Cantonese Restaurant (former King George V pub), Bristol Road South, Longbridge | by ell brown
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Emerald Cantonese Restaurant (former King George V pub), Bristol Road South, Longbridge

I wanted to get at least one pub in the sunny blue skys. The one I thought of in Northfield (The Black Horse) was covered in scaffolding, and I decided not to do Northfield this time around.


Instead, on the way to Longbridge I spotted this former pub, which is now a Cantonese Restaurant called Emerald.


I took it on my way back up the Bristol Road South. When briefly there, I discovered that it was a former Mitchells & Butlers pub called King George V.


I noticed some spaces on some of the walls, possibly where some M & B signage was, but has been removed.


At least there are still signs of it being the King George V.


I'm not sure of it's age, but it possibly dates to sometime during George V's reign (1910 - 36).


Architecturally, it resembles The York on Fox Hollies Road in Hall Green (which was also an M & B pub).


On the corner with Tessell Lane.


Found the entry for this on Heritage Gateway (while looking for something else - my search wasn't in this area). It is Grade II listed.


Public house. 1935; by John Burgess Surman, for Mitchells and Butlers. Rendered brick with ashlar plinth and stone dressings. Plain tile gabled roofs. Rendered axial and lateral stacks with moulded stone caps and stone weathering to set-offs. PLAN: Butterfly plan; the central range containing the public bar, beer store and entrances; smoke rooms and the services in flanking angled wings with assembly/dining and function rooms above. Jacobean Domestic Revival style. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. Symmetrical 1:2:1:2:1 bay south front; gabled end bays at an angle are the gable ends of wings extending to the rear; smaller gable over central projection with 3-centred arch doorway with high label above carved panels and overlight above; to left and right large 4-light mullion-transom windows with 3-centred arch doorways beyond with large mullion-transom overlights; in the outer gabled bays 4-light mullion-transom windows; first floor windows smaller, all with stone frames and leaded panes. Similar windows and large lateral stack on right [E] side and on left [W] side large canted bay window with stone mullions and transoms, segmental arch carriageway with pilasters and Tudor arch doorway to left with overlight. At rear the NW wing has truncated lateral stack with weathered set-offs and stone mullion-transom windows; the other rear windows have timber mullion-transom frames with leaded panes. INTERIOR: Most of the original bar fittings on the ground floor have been replaced. On the first floor the assembly/dining room is open to a timber queen-post roof with curved braces and mouldings to the tie-beams and purlins, wall-panelling and stone 3-centred arch chimneypiece with an enriched cornice shelf and linen-fold panelling and moulded plaster heraldic lion and dog above. The function room on the first floor of the of the NW wing has a plaster barrel-vaulted ceiling with moulded ribs, wall-panelling and a stone chimneypiece with moulded 3-centred arch and carved cornice shelf. The King George V is a good example of a large Birmingham road house.


King George V Public House - Heritage Gateway

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Taken on March 7, 2010